National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on September 15, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about what the characteristics of life are and how NASA uses that information in looking for life on other planets.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is the first presentation of the Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars program. Ms. Phipps gave an overview of classroom activities that help students investigate the characteristics of life. She also talked about ways scientist use probes and other devices to search for life on other planets and specifically talked about the equipment used to explore Mars.

Forty (40) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, two participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Very interesting resources.”
  • “I would like to incorporate some of the content into Earth and space science class.”
  • “This is a topic that makes science tangible for elementary students - and gets their imaginations fired up! Great connection.”
  • “The "It's Alive" lesson was a very good activity as an introduction to Living Systems.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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